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The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

index (1)The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at HASHIMI

Plot Summary : A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in Afghanistan

Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way-the change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams. What will happen once Rahima is old enough to marry?  How long can Shekiba pass as a man and if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?  (Source: Harper Collins Publishers Australia)

Review : Something very different from what I usually read but absolutely loved it. It was Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut novel in 2014 and it was very powerful and fascinating to read. Hashimi has had three more books published, so lots of books to follow, if you enjoy this story.

Reviewed by : Carolyn



Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist

logo-shadowThe longlist for what was, until funding was withdrawn last year, called The Orange Prize was announced in the middle of March. Somehow it passed me by at the time, but it’s an important literary prize and should not be ignored, so better late than never as my old Granny used to say.

Here are the 20 contenders for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013:

The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist will be announced tomorrow in London.  Which books would you like to see on the shortlist?

Stella Prize for Australian Women’s Writing Shortlist

From the longlist of twelve books announced last month a shortlist of six has been decided upon by the judges of the Stella Prize for Australian Women’s Writing.

The 2013 Stella Prize shortlist is:

 The Burial by Courtney Collins


Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser


The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson


Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy



Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan


Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

You can read more about each book on the Stella Prize website here.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 April.

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